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Have You Contacted Your Googleganger?

Google fuels our most narcissistic urges — I few quick taps and you can see what (if anything) has been published about you on the Internet. But sometimes, a fun thing happens, and you find your Googleganger— someone who shares your same first and last name.

I have a Googleganger myself — a writer of bad poetry that my boyfriend mistook for me early on in our relationship. And just today my co-worker was telling me how she and her Googleganger actually became friends on Facebook!

I never took the plunge and contacted my bad poet namesake, but it's worked out for a lot of people, including two Kelly Hildebrandts who met after female Kelly searched Facebook for her own name — and now the two Googlegangers (Facebook-gangers?) are getting married! There's even a documentary Google Me devoted to googling your own name and then trying to find them.

It's a funny closeness you have with someone with the same name as you, and reaching out to them is as easy as a point and click. Have you said hey to your Googleganger?

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Quirks4me Quirks4me 7 years
I only get myself when I google my name--the joys of having a unique name. :D
hannagrrl hannagrrl 7 years
Both of my names are more common than uncommon... but I did find a girl with the same first and last name as me, in the UK, but her first name has that extra H on the end, whereas mine does not. We DID friend each other on FB. But we don't chat much. She's a good 8 years younger than me, fresh outta high school, and I think it weirds her out a little bit. (But she hasn't un-friended me!) lol
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
There are only a handful of people with my name, but I have never thought about contacting them... I guess I assumed they'd just be annoyed.. it's not like I can know whether or not we have anything in common, other than the name (which isn't really something you can talk about for very long).
Shanabbey1215 Shanabbey1215 7 years
Mine is a stripper whose stripper name is Summer. She either was killed or she killed. Real Classy
mek123 mek123 7 years
I'm one of those with an unusual first and married last name so when I google my name I only get me. Just the other day I googled my first name with my maiden name and there are a few, I was surprised.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
I've never friended anyone with my name.The two kellys that are all over the internet and talk shows, my co-worker is engaged to her sister :) Small world right?
Sofia-Soubrette Sofia-Soubrette 7 years
I"m an original ;)
blondiejones blondiejones 7 years
Not very fun when your name is VERY common :(
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 7 years
I actually found someone with the exact spelling (first and last name) as me which was really weird since my names are not typical/unusual.
mcloo mcloo 7 years
There is a woman who lives on the other side of town and we share the same name and birthday. How weird is that!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Nope, too weird. :P There are 5 other girls with my first and last name on Facebook, plus another 3 if you use "Beth" instead of "Bethany".
Elfyn Elfyn 7 years
I found a few googlegangers. The spelling of my first name is a bit unusual so I didn't expect to find any. I have classmates-ganger that has the same first name and maiden name and we graduated from high school within 2 years of each other. She is/was in KS and I'm in CA.
MegFaye MegFaye 7 years
My "googleganger" is a UCFC fighter known as "The Babe." We're complete opposites!
sleekeasy sleekeasy 7 years
a boy with the same name found me on facebook and said hey, no sparks though haha
WildStrawberry WildStrawberry 7 years
No one has my name. Russian first name, and French last name, but I'm not russian and I'm not french. When I google myself, I only find me. Yay!
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